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Honeyball & Bowers’ Textbook on Employment Law

Honeyball & Bowers’ Textbook on Employment Law (14th edn)

Simon Honeyball
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date: 04 October 2023

p. 34913. Trade unionslocked

p. 34913. Trade unionslocked

  • Simon HoneyballSimon HoneyballFormerly Head of Law, University of Exeter


This chapter moves away from individual employment rights to collective labour law, the main focus of which is the trade union. It explains the definition of a trade union, the legal status of trade unions, and the importance of being an ‘independent’ trade union. It then examines the legal aspects of certain matters regarding the internal affairs of trade unions, i.e. its accounts, political funds, amalgamations, and the rule book. The law concerning union elections to its principal executive committee are then dealt with. Finally, the rights to union membership and union activities are considered, along with the law on the union’s right to discipline its members.

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